Bank Group Contribution
The World Bank is providing US$27 million IDA financing for the project. About $18 million is allocated for Component 1 (disability component) with the remaining $9 million for Component 2 (children at risk component).
The project works with two implementing agencies: (i) Jatiyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation (JPUF; also known as National Foundation for Development of the Disabled Persons) and (ii) the Department of Social Services (DSS), both under the Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW). The two agencies, initially new to the Bank project and struggling in the large-scale nationwide operation, have experienced substantial growth in their capacity through the project. These institutions are now leading the country’s social care services for the most vulnerable and striving to further improve the quality of services.
The Bank will continue its engagement and provide technical assistance to strengthen MoSW through policies and administrative reforms. The Bank team and the Ministry have had discussions on the transition and sustainability of center activities over the past year. MoSW, together with the Bank team, has been closely coordinating with the Ministry of Finance for a smooth transition. It was recently confirmed that Bank financed DSCs and ICPSCs would be absorbed under Government’s regular activities.